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EWA History

Benjamin Fine of the New York Times, one of EWA's founders and its first president, center, covers the racial integration of schools in Little Rock, Ark., in September 1957. "Mobs don't like reporters. At least, the Little Rock mobs didn't," Fine wrote in an account of his experience published in the Fall 1957 edition of EWA's quarterly newsletter, The Education Beat.   EWA 1959-1960 President Peter Janssen of the National Observer, third from left, and EWA's 1977-1978 President Bette Orsini, of the St. Petersburg Times, attend an EWA luncheon at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EWA members take notes at a session called "Who's Really in Charge of the Public Schools" at EWA's 1978 National Seminar in Washington. Current EWA board member and former vice president John Merrow moderated the session, which was taped for broadcast on National Public Radio. 1974-76 EWA President Jack Kennedy of the Wichita Eagle is n the middle, front row.  Is that New York Times reporter Gene Maeroff second from left in the second row?
Participants at EWA's 1983 National Seminar at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco listen as members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education divulge highlights of the landmark report, "A Nation at Risk," almost three weeks before the official release.  1981-82 EWA President David Bednarek of the Milwaukee Journal is on the far right, front row.
Members report on the release of an EWA report on the woeful state of school buildings, "Wolves at the Schoolhouse Door," at EWA's 1989 National Seminar. EWA 1995-1996 President Robert Frahm of the Hartford Courant is fourth from left. 
1996 Hechinger Grand Prize winner Rick Green of the Hartford Courant presents the 1999 Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize to Tim Simmons of the Raleigh News and Observer.  EWA board member John Merrow, of Learning Matters Inc.; and EWA 1999-2001 President Kit Lively, of the Dallas Morning News, congratulate Simmons in the National Awards for Education Reporting.  
President Bill Clinton gives the keynote address at EWA's 2000 National Seminar in Atlanta. From left, EWA 1999-2000  Board Officers - Vice President Robin Farmer of the Richmond Times Dispatch, President Kit Lively of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley,  Immediate Past President Bill Graves of the Oregonian, Secretary Joan Richardson of the Detroit Free Press and Board member Steve Henderson of the Baltimore Sun. 
EWA member Greg Toppo of USA Today, center, poses a question to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings at EWA's 2007 National Seminar at the Downtown Marriott in Los Angeles. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also spoke at the meeting.

For 60 years, EWA has given education reporters the support they need to get their work done well.

Today, EWA is meeting the demands of the changing news industry by expanding seminars and data bootcamps, providing direct coaching to reporters, reaching out to new media and ethnic reporters and using new technologies in our work.